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How to install bird spikes

Posted by Chris Voyce on

Installing bird spikes is essentially a very simple procedure. However each job and situation is different so different installation techniques may be required from time to time.

The most common and recommended method of bird spike installation is by using a neutral cure silicon adhesive. Other optional methods include the use of screws or nails (depending on the surface material), rivets, cable ties or gutter clips.

Bird Spike installed with adhesive

Here we take you through a step by step guide to the most basic type of installation.

Before you start

Height Access

As you will most likely be working above ground level you will need to consider the best form of height access. For smaller jobs this might be as simple as a ladder but for higher and more complex jobs you may need a scissor lift, boom lift or even scaffolding.

Surface preparation

You will also need to prepare the surface prior to installation. In order to get the best, long term adhesion the beam, ledge, pipework or similar will need to be cleaned free of dust, debris and bird droppings. Use a cloth and suitable cleaning agent to wipe down the surface. It is a good idea when cleaning bird droppings to wear a dust mask or half face mask. Bird droppings can carry many diseases and bacteria and cause respiratory issues such as bronchitis. 


Step 1: Apply a bead of silicon along the entire base of the spike strip.

Bird Spike Installation 1

Step 2: Position bird spike on ledge and press down firmly. Make sure the spike is close to the leading edge of the surface so that birds cannot perch between spikes and the edge.

Bird SPikes Installation 2

Step 3: Repeat this process with subsequent strips of spikes and link on to the end of the previous strip.

Bird Spike Installation 3

Make sure there is no gap between the strips of spikes that would allow a bird to perch or nest in between.

Bird Spikes Installation 4

Note: Depending on the width of the ledge you may need to run multiple rows to ensure birds cannot land or nest in behind.

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